Kings' Buddy Hield continues to speak mind on contract extension talks


Kings' Buddy Hield continues to speak mind on contract extension talks

SACRAMENTO -- The Buddy Hield situation is reaching a fever pitch.

Hield wants to sign a contract extension with the Kings before the Oct. 21 deadline, but the sides appear miles apart on what that extension might look like.

While the Kings are staying quiet, Hield is using every opportunity to plead his case.

“I’m disappointed, but I don’t give a s--t,” Hield told NBC Sports California after the Kings’ win over Melbourne United on Wednesday night.

Hield has a dollar figure in mind, as does the team. According to an earlier report, there is roughly a $20 million difference between the sides.

“I just know where my value is at, and I’m not going to budge for nobody,” Hield said. “I work hard. I come in here every day and I do my job.”

When pressed on what it would mean if a deal doesn’t get done before the deadline, Hield tried to keep calm. He also made it clear that all of his options are open.

“It’s not frustrated, I’m just speaking to my heart,” Hield said. “I feel like people get mixed up with being frustrated. I’m just speaking what I believe and what I think. Like I said, there are 30 teams out there. If they don’t want to give me what I think I deserve, some team will give it to me. They’ll have the ability to match, or they’ll have the ability to let me go.”

Heild is a restricted free agent after the season, which gives the Kings a powerful position at the bargaining table. If they choose to extend a $6.5 million qualifying offer to the third-year pro, they can match any offer he receives on the open market.

The 26-year-old has the option of playing for the qualifying offer next season and entering the summer of 2021 as an unrestricted free agent, but that would be extremely risky.

Hield has been clear about his desire to stay in Sacramento, but at the same time, he feels like he is part of the core that has helped revitalize the franchise over the last year.

"The goal is to be here," Hield told a larger contingent of media. "I love Sacramento, but if they don't want me here, if they don't feel like I'm part of the core. ... I like respect and loyalty, and I feel like I'm part of the group that's getting the team back to where it needs to be."

At the moment, Hield appears insulted by the number the Kings have offered so far. Whether they can come to some sort of common ground is unknown, but because of the timing of the deadline, this situation has the potential to cause strife behind the scenes just days before the start of the regular season.

"Name one big free agent that came to Sacramento," Hield said in the scrum. "I've been here three years trying to grow the program, grow the organization, and I feel like I could be rewarded close to that. But that's just me. That's my gut feeling."

Hield's is the first of four major extensions the Kings have to work out over the next 24 months, including Bogdan Bogdanovic, De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley.

While Hield is sympathetic to the situation the Kings are in, he also can’t concern himself with that. He knows what he is worth, and he is pressing the team hard to make that happen.

“It’s all about value and where they see me as a player, and of course, if another young player comes up and they give them what they want, it shows how much they value me,” Hield told NBC Sports California.

Hield is confident he can push the stress of the situation out of his mind and focus on the task at hand when the regular season begins next week, whether he has a new deal or not after the deadline passes.

“My job is to go out there and ball each and every night,” Hield said. “Whatever jersey I have on, I’ll represent it to the fullest, that’s what I do. I came from nothing. I know what it’s like not to have something.”

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Hield led the Kings in scoring last season at 20.7 points per game, and he is considered a major part of what the team is building.

Unfortunately for Hield and the Kings, this is the business side of the game, and it can be treacherous. The clock is ticking and getting noisier by the day.

NBA Rumors: Kings' Kent Bazemore to promote 'Education Reform' in Orlando

NBA Rumors: Kings' Kent Bazemore to promote 'Education Reform' in Orlando

The NBA restart has the potential to mean more than just eight games, a potential play-in series and then a standard playoffs. The NBA is trying to lead the way in professional sports by creating a potentially repeatable concept.

The league is also allowing players to continue to be a part of the national conversation regarding racial inequality in America. Courts will be adorned with “Black Lives Matter” graphics. The league will hold symposiums and use their platform to promote change.

In addition, players will be allowed to wear jerseys with a message on the back. On Tuesday, we learned that Sacramento Kings small forward Kent Bazemore has already chosen what his uniform will say when he walks out on the court.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes, Bazemore will join the Portland Trail Blazers’ C.J. McCollum with the message “Education Reform.”

According to multiple reports, the NBA has a group of sayings that players can choose from, including “Vote”, “Equality” and “Enough.” There are likely more options than what we have seen to date.

Bazemore’s teammate Harrison Barnes addressed the potential for wearing a message on his jersey during the Kings’ Zoom call with the media.

“I’m waiting on requirements -- do we get eight different ones? Do we get one? How many words? What’s the censorship?” Barnes said. “I’m definitely going to do something, I’m just waiting on the additional guidelines and what we can do.”

Barnes is one of many of the Kings players to find their voice during the last few months following the shooting death of George Floyd. There appears to be a national awakening and there is positive movement towards actual change.

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“I think we’re at a unique time, just as a society, where so many different discussions are happening at once and change, it seems closer now than it’s ever been, although there is still a wide gap,” Barnes added.

Expect plenty of the Kings players to be involved in the discussions regarding social change in Orlando. The team itself has taken a huge role in the conversation and they support their players in the venture as well.

Troy Daniels’ NBA bubble meal photos show what awaits Kings in Orlando

Troy Daniels’ NBA bubble meal photos show what awaits Kings in Orlando

When the Kings arrive at the Yacht Club hotel in the Disney World complex Wednesday, the food they are given might not be what they are used to consuming on a daily basis.

Several NBA teams, including the Denver Nuggets and Brooklyn Nets, arrived in Orlando on Tuesday, and a few players posted photos of the food he received.

Nuggets guard Troy Daniels posted two images on his Instagram Story on Tuesday night.

Here's the menu provided to Daniels:

Fresh Garden Greens, Arugula, 
Watermelon, Pickled Red Onions, Goat 
Cheese with Raspberry Vinaigrette
Tomato and Mozzarella Caprese Salad
Italian Grilled Chicken with Natural Jus
White fish with Tomato and Dill Topping
Pamesan Polenta with Sundried Tomatoes
Pasta with Impossible Bolognese Sauce
Roasted Summer Vegetables

Nets point guard Chris Chiozza posted a photo of the full meal.

Former Kings guard Isaiah Thomas saw the photos Daniels posted, and figured there's no way Lakers superstar LeBron James would eat the spread.

While that menu is pretty extensive, most high-level athletes are pretty particular about what they put into their bodies, so some of the players might not like this menu.

For those worried that the players aren't getting meals that meet their dietary requirements, The New York Times' Marc Stein has good news:

The Kings will enter the NBA's Orlando bubble on Wednesday and will be quarantined for a few days while they are administered coronavirus tests.

Once the team's quarantine concludes, they will begin group workouts this weekend. Starting Wednesday, the Kings will conduct the first of three scrimmages against other teams in the bubble.

The Kings' first of eight seeding games will take place on Friday, July 31 against the San Antonio Spurs.

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